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The Great Eastern (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Franklins - Citra IPAExcellent1
Franklins - North Shore IPAExcellent1
Adnams - Fat SpratExcellent1
Franklins - Kaleidohop IPAGood1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood1
Hop Back - Summer LightningGood2
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)Poor1
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Ringwood - BoondoggleNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Southern HemisphereNot Tried0
Goldmark - MoshpitNot Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Why So CirrusNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Devils Dyke PorterNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - BestNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Franklins - Save the EasternNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Otter - AmberNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Theakston - Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Great Eastern, Brighton, East Sussex

Visits Details

21 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Pub is mourning the recent tragic loss of its lady manager.
Franklins - Kaleidohop IPA5.00GoodBetter if a tad cooler
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Otter - Amber4.00Not Tried
Franklins - Save the Eastern3.80Not Tried
06 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Pub under threat of termination of lease and reversion to Pubco's managed status.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00GoodGood but not at its best. Rare sweet after-taste for this beer
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Ringwood - Boondoggle4.20Not Tried
Franklins - Kaleidohop IPA5.00Not Tried
Franklins - Save the Eastern3.80Not TriedGolden house beer on the side of saving the current operator Pleisure from losing the lease of this pub
23 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. So dark as I passed that I thought it was closed. Turns out it has an electrics problem at the moment and candles have even been used at times. Enormous range of whiskeys here.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Good
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
19 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. No room to move or to settle although I liked the bohemian ways here. Quickly moved on.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Good
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Devils Dyke Porter5.00Not Tried
Franklins - Citra IPA5.50Not TriedThe one I should have gone for
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Best4.10Not Tried
19 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. A little tatty round the edges and bohemian and doing well for a Monday night. Engaging bar staff.
Franklins - North Shore IPA5.50ExcellentGood heavy hitter
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Why So Cirrus4.20Not TriedA talking point of a pumpclip, faded as if it had been through a washing machine cycle
27 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Recommended to come here by its sister pub The Office, to try the Franklins Citra IPA, pleased I did.
Franklins - Citra IPA5.50ExcellentOne of the strongest of the Citra single hop beers. Oily and moreish
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Southern Hemisphere4.80Not Tried
Goldmark - Moshpit5.60Not Tried
03 Dec 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Bohemian inside but mucky bar counter top put me off a long stay.
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)4.10PoorTepid and bland. Tasted of nothing.
Theakston - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Ringwood - Boondoggle4.20Not Tried
23 Jul 2013 (HSB)
Just a couple inside with a few outside. Interesting music, identified for me by the helpful barman.
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80Excellent
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Theakston - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried

About The Great Eastern

The pub sign. The Great Eastern, Brighton, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4ER.

Excellent street corner local at lower end of Trafalgar Street with a bohemian atmosphere. Some tiling on the exterior, etched glass windows in door. Unusual curved front double door. Cut out pub sign depicting IKB and the Great Eastern. Single room. Large selection of American Whiskeys. 5 handpumps on the bar counter.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 21 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN1 4ER